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for the battleground states. >> we'll see you then. people who lost their homes in super storm sandy are trying to salvage what they can as they brace for the possible noreaster. a million people remain without power one week after the storm. >> commuting is difficult with gas shortages and mass transit problems and now another storm heading to the area. one homeowner who barely made it out alive. >> reporter: good evening. there are so many people in this hard hit community who have lost absolutely everything they own. this afternoon we spoke to one man who clung to life but using his roof top as a life raft. he holds up one of the few possessions he didn't lose. >> my military uniform. >> the father of two survived a wrack and 9/11. but the water from the storm was almost too much. >> got close enough we didn't have to be in the water too long. a couple strokes. jumped from the dining room table on to the roof. stayed on the roof for about an hour. >> you floated out of here on your neighbor's roof. >> picked the home up off its foundation and dropped it back down about a half mile from here.
reeling from superstorm sandy and they're getting hit by that nor'easter tonight. theresa garcia joins us live from rockaway beach, new york. >> reporter: good evening, anita, and what you see now is snow and plenty of it. behind me the waves of the atlantic ocean, some of those waves are breaking at 8 to 10 feet and all along the new york and new jersey coastlines forecasters are saying the storm surge is expected to be around 3 feet. so couple both those together and you've got a big concern for coastal flooding. this nor easter is pretty typical this time of year, but what makes the big difference is how vulnerable this area is after superstorm sandy. snow started to fall at the top of the empire state building as the nor'easter blew into new york this afternoon. residents of a new jersey store neighborhood were evacuated aboard school buses as the storm damaged coast prepared for rain, snow, possible flooding and wind gusts over 50 miles per hour. >> i'm waiting for the locusts and pestilence next. >> reporter: new jersey governor chris christie thanks first responder. inland towns
after hurricane sandy, still no power in that area. >> i wanted to vote. it was too much -- too involved in it not to find out where to vote and get out there. >> it's good to vote because it will make a difference. you know, and the way things are right now, it's good to vote. >> now buss are being sent out to pick up the voters in the nearby breezy point area where more than 100 poems burned to the ground -- homes burned to the ground last week. new york's also letting people displaced by sandy to vote at any polling site they can manage to get to. >>> well, virginia based rescuers returned home from water weary new jersey communities today. and they were greeted as heroes. scott broom is in chantilly where fairfax county, virginia's task force one is based. >> reporter: these are rescuers who have been around the world. haiti, indonesia, japan. but superstorm sandy brought disaster close to home. off the buss and into the arms of families who have not seen them for ten days. 80 members of virginia task force one came home. >> i was so happy. >> we're really glad to have him home. >> i
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